Netflix/Aardman’s “Robin Robin” is a favorite from an eclectic field without Disney or Pixar.
Update Feb 8: Leading the Oscar nominations is the first stop-motion musical, “Robin Robin,” by the legendary Aardman (fourth short win), in partnership with Netflix, attempting a second win in a row. The remaining four works in this international, eclectic field include “Art Matters (Canada/UK), “Bestia” (Chile), “Boxballet” (Russia) and “Windshield Wiper” (US/ Spain).
“Robin Robin” is a 30-minute break about how our differences make us stronger, created and directed by Dan Ojari and Mikey Please (BAFTA winner for “The Eagleman”) Stags”). It’s definitely a favorite, as the Academy clearly loves Aardman. The film tells the story of a clumsy charming bird with an identity crisis, adopted into a loving family of rat thieves, planning an ambitious heist to get an entire sandwich.
“The Windshield Wiper,” directed by Alberto Mielgo (Emmy Award-winning short, “The Witness,” from “Love, Death & Robots”), is about a middle-aged man sitting in a cafe and contemplating an idea. meaning of love. It combines experimenting with CG characters with digital paint, something Mielgo began to conceive while working on the Oscar-winning film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
“The Art Department” (NFB) directed by Joanna Quinn (nominated for “Famous Fred”) continues her popular 2D short series about factory worker Beryl, who is obsessed with drawing, and how it affects the family’s DNA.
“Bestia” is a creepy short film by Hugo Covarrubias, inspired by real events in fascist Italy in the 70s. The film is about an undercover police officer in a military dictatorship, who trained dogs to torture prisoners of war. The short explores her relationship with the dog, its body, her fears and frustrations.
“Boxballet” (directed by Anton Dyakov) is an eerie, 2D animated romance between a fragile ballerina named Olya and a rough boxer Evgeny. The seemingly irreconcilable differences between the world and their philosophies have created a hope for humanity.
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